Visitors to WordPress.com blogs can now leave comments with their Twitter or Facebook accounts.
It’s a small new feature on the surface, but it opens up a lot more commenting opportunities for WordPress.com blogs. Third-party commenting systems such as Disqus and Echo have allowed users to authenticate with their Twitter or Facebook accounts for quite some time, but this is a big move for the hosted blogging platform.
In the blog entry announcing the new feature, WordPress.com’s Scott Berkun points out a nice feature of the new login system: Users can stay logged in to multiple services at the same time. This is especially handy for users that might want to comment using Twitter or Facebook on some sites but want to use their WordPress.com account for others.
Comments from Twitter or Facebook accounts aren’t pumped back into those social services, though. Instead, the logins simply act as a way to authenticate users. In the future, WordPress.com might work toward also giving users the option to publish or share comments back on Facebook or Twitter.
For self-hosted WordPress.org users, comments suggest that Facebook and Twitter comment authentication might be coming via a future update to the JetPack plugin developed by Automattic.
By Sarah Gooding:
If you want to get noticed in the digital world, you need multiple ways to get the attention of the internet’s huge pool of users. Your website can only do so much on its own and that’s why Facebook Fan Pages can be so helpful for expanding your notoriety to a broader audience and driving traffic back to your site.
Setting up a Facebook Fan Page is easy and now with the Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox, it can be even easier to convert your WordPress site’s visitors into “Likes” on your Facebook Page. The plugin displays a Facebook Page-Like lightbox on your WordPress site that gives visitors the option to “Like” your Fanpage, while also displaying the number of fans you currently have, and a handful of avatars.
- Display the Facebook lightbox onload with or witouth a delay
- Limit the lightbox to once every $x days for individual visitors
- Promote your own Facebook fan page
- No API key necessary
- All you need is a Facebook page
In order to make this work, you will need to input the Numeric ID of your Facebook Fan Page. If you don’t know how to get a Facebook Fan Page ID, the plugin author recommends this simple tutorial for locating it.
Cross promotion is a sure way to expand your online presence and to get more traffic. Facebook is easily the largest social community in the world. It is also a marketplace frequented by many people who don’t spend much time online anywhere else. Obviously, a Facebook Fan Page can be an excellent tool for expanding your audience and as such, the Facebook Page Promoter Lightbox for WordPress is perfect for linking your website with the social network – and continuing to increase your visibility, your readership, your sales or your brand.
By Michael Aulia:
I have already talked about how to auto post WordPress to Facebook using the WordBook plug-in. The plug-in allows you to automatically post your latest WordPress blog post to your Facebook account. But what if you have a Facebook fan page and you want to keep your personal account separately? By using a Facebook application called NetworkedBlogs, you can automatically post your latest WordPress blog post to a Facebook fan page.
How to do an auto post from WordPress to Facebook fan page
- Add the NetworkedBlogs application on your Facebook account (you can do this by searching for “NetworkedBlogs” and then add the application through there).
- Follow the steps to add the application successfully to your account.
- After you add it in, go to the Application (through your Facebook profile’s sidebar) and find the “Register a Blog” button on the top of the NetworkedBlogs application.
- Fill your Blog Name, URL, and other details in.
- Follow the steps to successfully validate the blog and to confirm that you are the author of the blog.
- If everything is successful, you should be able to see your blog’s feed on the NetworkedBlogs application page
- Now, go to your Facebook fan page (mine is at http://www.facebook.com/CravingTech-be a fan if you haven’t!) and then click on the “Edit Page” on the left sidebar menu.
- You should see the NetworkedBlogs application in the list of other applications (assuming you’ve done all the steps correctly)
- Click on the “Edit” link (just below the NetworkedBlogs title).
- You should be able to see all the blogs that you’ve set-up from the previous steps, including your own:
Make sure you tick on the box under the column heading “Publish to Wall & Show on Tab“.
- Save and just follow the last steps (granting permission, etc)
Congratulations, that was easy, wasn’t it? From now on, everytime you publish a post on your WordPress blog, it will also be published to your blog’s fan page’s wall automatically. I’m just wondering how to get an email notification when someone posts a comment on your fan page’s wall though (like you normally do if someone posts something onto your wall).
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